Lack of offense has hurt the Los Angeles Clippers on the road this season. It’s also the reason for their recent struggles in Memphis.
After another poor offensive effort, the Clippers again look to win their first road game of the season when they face the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum on Saturday.
Los Angeles (9-9) remained the only winless road team in the NBA Friday night after being routed 111-82 by San Antonio on Friday.
The Clippers are 0-7 away from their home court, averaging just 91.6 points per game while allowing 105.7. It’s also Los Angeles’ worst start on the road since dropping 12 straight to start the 1998-99 season.
“If we want to win, we’ve got to play the right way and do the right thing,” swingman Corey Maggette said. “If we don’t, we’ll be the same old Clippers.”
Now the Clippers head to Memphis (5-14), where they have lost two straight and seven of their last eight. They’re averaging only 90.2 points in their last five games there, going 1-4 in that span.
Los Angeles, though, beat Memphis 105-90 at home on Nov. 29 in their first matchup this season. Cuttino Mobley had 24 points to lead six players in double figures for the Clippers, who shot 52 percent.
Shaun Livingston led Los Angeles with 16 points, Corey Maggette scored 12, Chris Kaman had 11 and Elton Brand added 10 against the Spurs. Livingston went 8-for-11 from the field, but the rest of the team shot 40 percent (28-for-70).
Brand was held to 10 points or less for just the fourth time this season.
Memphis failed in its attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, losing 100-94 to Milwaukee on Friday. The Grizzlies beat Boston 98-96 on Wednesday thanks to rookie Rudy Gay’s 15-footer with 2.6 seconds left, but trailed by as many as 27 points against the Bucks.
Memphis has lost four of five and is 0-5 when allowing 100 points or more.
“It’s just frustrating. Every night you go out there and you’re down 20 or 30 points,” said Grizzlies forward Hakim Warrick, who had a career-high 31 points against Milwaukee. “It’s frustrating.”
Warrick added a career-best 13 rebounds, but was ejected after picking up his second technical foul with 3:05 to play. He led Memphis with 22 points in last month’s loss to the Clippers.
Grizzlies forward Lawrence Roberts did not play due to pain in his right knee. His status for Saturday’s game is uncertain.
Memphis did get some good news before the game as All-Star forward Pau Gasol was cleared for full contact drills and on-court workouts as he recovers from a broken left foot.
Gasol, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder last season, has missed of 2006-07 after he was injured while playing for Spain in the world championships over the summer.